Elder Brett | Epic Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Epic Brewing Company’s latest barrel-aged beer brings something new—wild yeast. This brew is a collaboration ale with Crooked Stave Artisan Brewing of Fort Collins, Colorado. Chad Yakobson, brewmaster/owner of Crooked Stave, is well known for his skill and knowledge in the brewing of sour and Brettanomyces driven beers. The beer was brewed at Epic by the two brewers. Kevin Crompton, Epic’s brewmaster, and Chad spent several weeks working on the recipe and selecting the proper Brett strains and barrels for the beer to morph from a golden Sasion into a Saison-Brett Golden Ale.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 01-28-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,539
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
452
pDev:
9.65%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
70
Trade:
3
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3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MickeyHops
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigIslandfarmer
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DBosco
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release #9. 9.4% ABV. Clear golden with slight filmy head. Smell is sweet fruity - peach or grape. Taste is tart but sweet, rather vinous. Feel is is medium bodied, little carbonation. Overall, pretty good but somehow missing something. Seems almost more winelike than a beer.

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Photo of Benji88
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mnine
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Aewachiw
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bushbeer75
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 1pt. 6 fl. oz. - Release #9 - March 22, 2016

Epic Brewing Elder Brett Saison-Brett Golden Ale poured a light clear gold color producing a white 1/2-finger head. The head dissipated to a ring of foam and spotty lacing. The nose is clean; crisp, and floral/grass like. The taste is funky and tart. Green apple flavor dominates with other light fruit [i.e., pears, white grapes] following...almost like a white wine. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a fizzy carbonation and a light tart finish.

Overall, Elder Brett Saison is refreshing and drinkable. If you like the taste of light tart green apples this is the brew for you.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.81/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Release #4 brewed 11/24/12
Pack Date: 12/4/13, so it’s got plenty of age on it. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a teku glass. Pours a pretty hazy golden color with an inch of head that lingers some but falls after a bit leaving a ring atop the beer, and even a small swirl brings the head back up. The second the cap comes off, you smell the Brett. You get your nose in that glass, and it’s heaps of grassy barnyard aroma, along with some grapey and lemon fruitiness. Taste starts subtly sweet, with some tartness and vanilla-esque oak character in the finish. Throughout, the funk and the fruity character (the latter of which I’m sure is both from the saison base as well as the stay in wine barrels) interweaving together like a song. And a damn good song at that. Think, Miles Davis level beauty. Feel is surprisingly light in body. Still medium in body, but with no burn and little lingering sweetness, you wouldnt assume you’re drinking 9.1% abv beer. Overall, I’m not sure how this would do without so much age on it, the Brett would be subdued and the alcohol might be more aggressive, but as I’ve got it, it’s symphonic. All the flavors and aromas (and there are so many) work wonders together. A really, really damn well-made saison-Brett.

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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzlyo
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is big tropical fruit, Belgian yeast and fruit. The flavor is tropical fruit, mild Belgian yeast, malts , fruit and a slightly spicy/tart finish.

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4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #9. Bottled in March 1016. Poured a clear, straw-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of peach, white wine and funky Brett. Nice peach taste with white wine, yeast and a funky finish.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Limited release picked up discount at 10 bucks from the House of 1,000 beers. Pours Surprisingly light for the gravity like light beer with a bit of floaties showing it's age. Head also fizzed out rather fast with just a 1/2 inch that faded to nothing. Smell is a ton of sour brett mixed with peppery malts and faint sweetness. Taste is a actually super balanced brett mixed with bready malts and just a slight twinge of hops to dry malts. Body is super drinkable not gonna lie I kind of chugged a glass so smooth for the ABV. Overall one of the better beers I have had of late with some good balanced sour to saison tones. Pick it up if you see it the beer is still very tasty despite the almost year age on the bottle.

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3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at a tasting a ways back, from notes.
Clear light golden yellow, has a floral cider thing going on, I guessed elder flower but the name might be tricking my brain, well that and all the booze I've had by this point. peppery, woody oak, faint brett, has body but it softens up, floral finish

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdfb79
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of their best for sure.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle @ 9.4% ABV - wow, this one's gonna be a doozy!

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some streaky coral reef atoll lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of slightly funky Brett infection, grainy and doughy pale malt, a lesser edgy wheatiness, sensible yeast, some plain white wine barrel essences - a light toastiness, indistinct grapes, and some understated vanilla - muddled earthy spices, and some very tame leafy and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, some crackery wheatiness, a mixed Brett/Saison yeast astringency (one surprisingly low-key on the funkitude), white wine lees, a dry vanillan woodiness, and more herbal, floral, and weedy green hoppiness. No real impression of the near 19-proof booze quotient, for the record.

The carbonation is fairly reserved in its unmotivated frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a minor sense of the bacteria/yeast intrusion making for a wee fuss here. It finishes off-dry, the white wine character lingering the hardest (that sounds weird, don't it?), while the guest beasties keep up their charade of good breeding.

Overall, this is actually a more or less pleasant wild/farmhouse/saison ale, with the subtle barrel treatment going a long way in glossing over the effects of the Brett that one might have been expecting. At any rate, not a bad brew, but more evidence that I need to spend my dwindling beer dollars on stuff that really floats my proverbial boat.

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Photo of mattsander
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Elder Brett from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 452 ratings